Big Twitch IPA | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
marshallwharf.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2nd place IPA. Only the Cant Dog is stonger, although arguments abound as to who is hoppier. A session IPA? NO! But you can try if you want. One of our personal favorites around the bar.

Added by Durge on 04-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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1
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9
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1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craft_shannie
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psdriscoll
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reagan1984
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Father-In-Law for bringing me a growler of this beer back from Maine.

Pint pours with a scant finger of off white head. The beer is a lightly hazy amber color. No lacing.

Aroma is of toasted malt with some fruit. In fact, rather fruity with lots of berry notes.

Definitely an East Coast IPA. Lots of toasted malt and as much fruit in the flavor as the aroma. Some grape and also other berry. Very toasty with a slight yeast note at the end. Really drinks more like an APA vs. IPA

Carbonation a bit subdued, but it might be because I waited 2 days to open the growler. Still fine.

A decent local IPA, but frankly doesn't break through the clutter.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jebrew
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jrh9696
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. The big twitch pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, I can't say I was hugely impressed. There is some light hoppiness, but it's overwhelmed by the sweet malty aroma. Flavors on the palate exactly replicate the nose, with this beer tasting more like an amber ale, with a touch of extra hops. It's still mostly on the dry side, but I really wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and alcohol appears to be pretty low. It's not intrusive, but frankly I could really care less. This beer is not interesting enough to be particularly drinkable.

There are just too many good IPA's out there for me to ever want to order this beer again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Neutral aroma, on tap at Great Lost Bear. Golden coloured body with a white head and very lacey. Above average mouthfeel and good malt backbone. Some hoppyness,a little fruit, but rather below what I would expect from an IPA these days, and certainly not a DIPA as marketed.

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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satchboogie
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear but somewhat dark amber color. Well built cap. Random lacing.

S-My first thought was how this one was mostly balanced. Sweetness with a pretty buttoned up hoppiness. Think of the standard citrus, pine, caramel and bread crew.

T-Closely approximates the nose. Both malt and hop are robust. Hops offer grass and pine and citrus. Malt relies upon a chewy caramel and muffiny pairing. A trace of alcohol.

M-Fuller bodied. Bitterness sneaks up behind the sweetness. Heats me up a little. Chewy. Medium carbonation.

O-A fairly pedestrian DIPA that reminds me of DIPAs past rather than DIPAs present. Still happy with the pint.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange, very light lacing on the tulip glass, no carbonation. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Not alot of flavor going on, big hop bitterness at the end that lingers, somewhat dry finish. A little earthy, faint malts, decent amount of hops in the flavor. I would definitely order this again, don't let my low rating taint this beer, it's a good one for a hop head - that I am.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tulip style glass, amber in color with a head that shows average retention and some lace

s: tropical hop aromas on a sweet, lightly caramelized malt body, fruity esters prominent, on the malty side for the style

m: carbonation low and smooth, medium bodied

t: sweet body of lightly caramelized malts, estery, hop flavors within the tropical fruit range moving towards some piney bitterness in the finish, the bitter comes in quite late and is just enough to give some balance though things still tend towards the malt side, warms well with more character coming out, light alcohol

d: a decent ipa but very much unrefined, drinks well enough

draft at Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a dark amber suspension in the middle of the glass. Whitish head retains nicely and leaves splotches of lace in the pint glass. Nose is balanced, with sweet caramel malt melding with the herbal hopping. Doughy biscuits and citric zest are also appreciable.

The flavor hits pretty sweet, with caramel and toffee notes. Hops are fairly strong, but don't quite win out they way I'd look for in a top double IPA. Very herbal, with menthol and pine mixed in amongst the peppercorn, grapefruit, and orange. Mouthfeel is middle of the road, with medium body and reasonable carbonation. Finishes bitter and leafy, with just a touch of alcohol left on the palate.

Overall: not bad. A little earthy for me; I like my hops brighter and more zesty, and there might not quite be enough for me in this example of the style. But it was a drinkable hop delivery vehicle served from the taps at the Great Lost Bear.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Marhall Wharf Belfast, Maine

Price: $25.00/growler

Pours medium amber with a soapy white two inch cap covering the top. The head dissipates after a few minutes leaving behind a creamy film. The beer is hazey with very little clarity. Heavy lacing decorates the flared tulip glass and shows off it's stickiness. Fresh, hell ya..

The nose is pretty much pine hops, lemon peels and malt.

The flavor is pine and doughy malt followed by pepper and alcohol. Where's the citrus flavor? I'm getting just a faint taste which is disappointing.

Medium body with a zesty feel. Crisp and clean with a fair amount of sweetness in the beginning followed by a bitter dry finish.

Overall a pretty good beer. I prefer the "Cant Dog" over this if I had my druthers. A little more variation of hops would add some excitement to this brew.

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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Poured with no head... there's not even really a film on here. Body is a dark amber color, and clear.

S: Mostly hoppy aroma, but not overly strong. Mild citrus notes as well.

T: There's some citrus in the beginning, but then the hops come plowing through. It actually finishes more hoppy and bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Quite impressive.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: A good IPA... the taste makes up for any shortcomings from the appearance and aroma, and works out well for people that like some hops in their beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Three Tides and served in a pint glass, the beer pours a deep copper coloring, with amber highlights, and a filmy head. Aromas of light caramel and heavy orange citrus, with fresh, green, spicy hops. The flavor is crisp, with peppery green spiced hops and a burst of lemon zest. Very light, but smooth in mouth. The aftertaste keeps the caramel sweetness, with a quick, foamy finish. Tasty brew, and it goes well with rich foods.

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Photo of Walken
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company: Big Twitch (Filled: 08/07/10) (Tasted: 08/10/10)
64 oz. growler, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Growler opens with a hiss, lightly hazed golden amber beer fills my glass (all in one fluid motion, if you can believe it!) topped with a big, meringue-like, eggshell white head. Ever so slight haze in this beer. The head dies down into a cap.
Odor: Rich citric aroma, tangerine, slightly lemony, floral backbone, some red fruit in there as well, pleasant and mellow.
Consistency: Big carbonation, too much for my taste at least, it is straddling the line between gentle and tingly, no doubt that it gets in the way of the flavor a bit.
Flavor: Complete 180 as far as hop flavor goes, some of the citrus is there as expected from the flavor, with a complimentary dose of bitter pine needle flavor, which lingers long into the finish. Alcohol throws some fruity character into the mix, malt whispers with a bit of sweetness that is overbalanced by bitterness.

Not bad, could use some refinement, but I really like the direction in which the hop character is leaning.

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Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
3.83 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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